I would progress this where, initially time is given for the team’s to switch and then the switching has to be done on the fly.
I would probably add a conditioning piece for the three not passing, plus it makes the transition potentially more difficult, but otherwise interesting.
I’ve done a variation of this, I think with a circle and with more players (and maybe as keeper practice), but I like how this isolates the defender and forces the defender to move and think.
If you have one (or two) big goals (I’m assuming I won’t have four big goals), you could restrict the shooting, i.e. after two small-goal-shots, you have to shoot at the big goal with a goalie.
Saw this goal in the Belgium – Ireland game and it illustrates nicely how important knowing your situation and how that should impact your decision making is.
The poor decision by the Irish defender to go sliding after the ball at midfield creates basically a 3 v 1 and a near certain goal.
If the Irish defender had simply angled his run in front of the Belgian player, he could have held up the counterattack enough to allow his teammates to recover and help.
Here are the factors that influence the play: